Perth’s top chefs cooking for a cause

Get down to Perth Arena for a unique pop up lunch event on Friday 29 August and find some of Perth’s top chefs cooking up a storm using food rescued by local organisation Food Rescue. Between 12noon and 2.00pm, four chefs will be creating a range of delicious take away lunches for Perth’s hungry CBD workers.

Russell Blaikie from Must Winebar, Don Hancey WA Food Ambassador, Vince Garreffa from Mondo Meats and Sophie Budd from Taste Budds Cooking Studio will all be drawing the crowds, and sharing their culinary skills by making four different, delicious treats for you to choose between – all while supporting an amazing organisation.

“As a chef it upsets me to see perfectly usable fresh food being discarded as landfill, when it could be put to good use in meals for people that may have suffered hardships in life. Food Rescue provides that fresh-food conduit to people who are in need of nutritious, fresh produce,” said Russell Blaikie.

“When I was asked to come on board, I felt compelled to help out in any way I could; in doing so I found a wonderful group of volunteers who make the organisation viable, they are the quiet heroes of Food Rescue, and it is deeply satisfying and humbling to lend a hand.”

Food Rescue is a UnitingCare West service which is currently rescuing over 8,000 kilos of fresh perishable food every week. The rescued food is then distributed for free to over 50 local charities who in turn offer food parcels or prepare meals for individuals and families in the community who are in need.

“We have great collaboration with the food industry and they assist us in identifying wastage that is edible and suitable. Often the only thing wrong with a food item is that it is misshapen slightly or has a small blemish,” said Sue Ash, chief executive officer at UnitingCare West.

“As a grassroots WA owned and operated initiative, Food Rescue relies on community involvement and support and is a 100% philanthropically funded service.

“I encourage all CBD workers to come on down to the Perth Arena terrace to enjoy some delicious lunches at this unique pop up event and support Food Rescue by donating $5 for a lunch token. All proceeds raised through the event will go directly to helping people in need.”

This unique event is being supported by Alinta Energy, Food Rescue’s Principal Partner and Perth Arena through their Community Partners Program.

It will be held on Friday 29 August, 12noon to 2.00pm at the Perth Arena Outside Terrace.

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